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Geevor Tin Mine and The West Cornwall Coast

Geevor Mine

Geevor mine closed in 1991. The Council acquired the site to help conserve an important part of Cornwall's mining heritage and help keep alive further employment opportunities for local people.   

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The first phase of the remedial programme was undertaken by The Projects Team between 1992 and 1996 at a cost of £1.2m. This programme of work dealt with most of the urgent health and safety requirements on the mine site whilst retaining its heritage and rugged nature.   

The remedial package included:

  • mine and ground stabilisation,
  • treatment of contaminated areas,
  • stabilisation of mine buildings
  • and a broad range of infrastructure and landscape works

Most of this work was undertaken by firms based within a 6 mile radius of the site.

Works in this area, including Bollowall and Letcha to the south of Cape Cornwall, were undertaken in partnership with the National Trust.

Works included:

  • building a number of shaft collar walls in granite in the style of Cornish hedges typical of the area,
  • land stabilisation,
  • rubbish removal and
  • safety works to shafts and adits including Wheal Edward Engine house, Wheal Owles Engine House and Wheal Drea, near Botallack.   

Works to stabilise the engine houses and re-point chimneys was undertaken in a sympathetic manner retaining their dramatic silhouettes against the backdrop. The aim of this work was to secure the historical mining legacy for future generations and allow safer access to the structures.  

A very important aspect was ensuring that the local community were aware of the works and part of the development process. Through this process a low key approach was developed which avoided unnecessary work being undertaken, allowing the natural vegetation to re-colonise the bare areas of mine waste for their geological and botanical interest. The  mineral rich and exposed environments provide a unique habitat for many scarce lower plant species.

English Partnerships (now the Regional Development Agency for the South West) were the principle funders of the works and the work was targeted as a high priority in the Service's Land Reclamation Programme.